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RHS Sophomore Spotlights the Importance of Healthy Teen Minds in Athletics
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood High school sophomore, Brandon Shintani, has a vision to improve the mental health of athletes. Recognizing that training the mind is just as important as training the body, his online platform, Mind-Design Sports provides sports psychology tips for young athletes all over the world. Each month, a specific topic is highlighted through guest speaker podcasts and complementary blogs. The goal is to increase young athletes’ mental self-awareness and offer solutions to common issues that they experience; a worthy endeavor given the growing number of student-athletes who suffer from anxiety and depression.
Mind-Design Sports is the only sports psychology organization fully governed by and dedicated to young athletes. Brandon, its founder and leader, understands that young athletes don’t always have the financial means to hire a professional mental health coach. ”By having an online platform, we’re able to provide this service for free to a wide geographic audience,” Brandon says. “So far, we have viewers from 23 U.S. states and several countries, from Canada to as far away as Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.”
Particularly during times of greater social isolation due to COVID-19, the featured subjects about confidence, meditation, and coping techniques have proven to be beneficial for viewers. Mind-Design Sports intends to expand its reach by enlisting contributors from other countries and is planning a fundraiser to raise awareness of this burgeoning field.